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The Truth About Alice: A Novel Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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An Amazon Best Teen & Young Adult Book of the Month, June 2014: The rumor mill has always been a side effect of high school, but thanks to cell phones and social media, a story can now spread at warp speed. The Truth about Alice is what happens when a teen girl is targeted as a slut, courtesy of party gossip. Before things blew up, Alice had been liked well enough by the other girls and attractive to the guys at her small Texas high school, but was uninterested in being part of the "in" crowd. Multiple narrators tell the story of how one unchecked rumor took on a life of its own, and the individual motives of those closest to it. The voices are authentic and reveal how destructive the desire for popularity can be ("if you give people enough time, eventually they’ll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world ") as well as the flip side--resilience in the face of injustice. --Seira Wilson
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Gr 9 Up—Healy, Texas, is a small town where everyone knows each other's business, and the scandals that unfold around Alice Franklin are no exception. The book is told from alternating points of view, and four of Alice's classmates provide accounts of heavy drinking and rumors about Alice's promiscuity. Readers are told that the title character had sex with two boys at the same party, sent obsessive texts that led to the death one of the boys, and had an abortion. As the story unfolds, Alice is called a slut and a skank, is abandoned by her best friend, is ostracized by everyone, and endures a "slut stall" in the girl's bathroom filled with derogatory graffiti. As more is revealed, each narrator shares elements of culpability for the rumors and mistreatment of Alice, and teens are introduced to the potential damage that rumors and lies bring. Though certain participants in the rumor mill feel bad and readers get the sense that Alice heals from the horrible events while developing a meaningful relationship, the treatment of such serious topics is cursory at best. Mathieu skims the harmful topics of slut-shaming, rumors, and lies in a way that places this title in the ranks of books like the "Gossip Girl" series by Cecily von Ziegesar (Little, Brown) as opposed to more thought-provoking titles like The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (Little, Brown, 2010).—Adrienne L. Strock, Chicago Public Library
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I recommend this book because you never know the truth until the end of the book. You have to read it all the way through. It always has you on the edge of your seat. I can tell you this book will play with your emotions, it’ll make you mad, sad, and there are some happy parts. While reading this book you also have to put the pieces together and figure out what it all leads to. The whole first few chapters of the novel is made of students from the same school telling their sides of the stories and you never know if it is the truth or a lie. This novel is perfect for a teenager because it has all the drama of what a high school girl goes through. At the end I was a little disappointed because I was hoping that it was something totally different but it did have a happy ending. It teaches you that the world is a cruel place because you can never get rid of the bad things that were going on about you, even if you do good people will still remember the bad. But I promise the ending will make you feel better. The ending gives you hope that there will always be a friend right with you through the ups and downs, although you may doubt them at first.
This book while a quick read, is eye opening and powerful. It gives an in depth look at the ugliness and pain that rumors and lies can cause. There are 4 different points of views going on here; none of which are Alice’s until the very end. So ultimately you “see” just why everyone is bullying Alice from their points of views. This is very clever and unique. There are not many books out there like this.
What really got me hooked?
-How the thoughts of many teenagers is spot on in the story. You can see why these characters did what they did (popularity..revenge). You get to understand their feelings behind their cruelty as well.
-The topics are not sugarcoated to please readers.
-It deals with serious issues that haunt teenagers today.
-It is an honest look at bullying and how it effects everyone.
Check this one out. While it is short it is well worth the read.
Overall Rating: 4.2
Would I read it again? Yes. And I would have my teenage daughter (if I had/have one) read it too.
Would I recommend it? YES!
My Love of Books
The truth About Alice is a novel that I really enjoyed and loved, because is very realistic, unique, and interesting, it shows you some of the problems teenagers get through like gossips, rumors, sex, friendships, live, parents, bulling and others.
Something great about this book was that it was told in different perspectives and characters, with them you get to know more about Alice, her life, and also the characters’ life, thoughts, feelings, it was amazing.
We get to know Elaine the popular girl, Kurt the smart guy, Kelsie Alice’s ex best friend, Josh Brandon’s best friend, and finally Alice.
It is very short, but things are happening, the story never stops, the rumors never end, I wanted to punch some people in the face sometimes, because the things that happened to Alice aren't simple, and her life changes dramatically, her mom isn't there with her, but Alice has to continue with her life.
Bullying is a much too prevalent issue and this novel shows how technology can be used to spread rumors faster than the plague. One text about one lie that happened on one night can change a life. Hearing from the perspectives of different students shows how lies and rumors get twisted and how teens will take advantage of a scape-goat. Everyone chose to blame Alice for all the misfortune in their lives.
At the end of the book, we finally get to hear from Alice’s perspective. I was slightly disappointed with the ending because I wanted her to stand up on a table in the cafeteria and force everyone to tell the truth about her, but Alice is clearly more civilized than I am. Truth will always be exposed, and good will triumph!
Some of the content is very adult, but it is approached in a way that does not make the reader feel uncomfortable reading it. The adult content is not the focus of the story, and so I agree with the age 12-18 reading level.
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The Truth About Alice is a quick read, and I was able to read it in one night.Read more